1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One of the best travel books I have ever read,
By A Customer
This review is from: Paddling to Jerusalem: An Aquatic Tour of Our Small Country (Hardcover)
Travel books have become somewhat stale in the past few years. Everybody seems to be jumping on a bandwagon. At first glance Paddling To Jerusalem could be just another one of those type of books. However, it would be a mistake to class this as one of those efforts.
Few travel writers can conjour up a reason for thier travel dialogues other than it seems like a good idea to travel and write on the back of a publishing contract. David did indeed use the finance for the book to furnish the family with a kitchen but there the similiarity ends. He has much more of a reason for travelling around England in a canoe. It is the sharing of these reasons that makes this such an astonishingly honest account of his journey. Most travelogues give you a feeling that you are an outsider looking on the journey. However, this novel actually makes you feel that you are a travelling companion. Consequently you feel the pain of the effort, the heatbreak when things go wrong and the triumphs of all of the accomplishments this journey holds. Ocassionally riding the rapids and at times simply sitting back enjoying the view as the journey to "Jerusalem" unfolds.
It is, in summary, a journey that I gladly suggest you take. On the canals of England you will be laughing out loud one minute, the next being treated to sharp incisive insights into some of the historic events that have shaped both David and this country of ours.